Network Architects say Modern Uses Cases Have Broken the Network Edge in Graphiant Survey

SAN JOSE, CA – May 09, 2023Graphiant, a provider of next-generation edge services, today released the results of the 2023 State of Network Edge survey. Respondents say new use cases break existing edge technologies, such as MPLS and SD-WAN.

“This happens every 10-11 years,” says Khalid Raza, founder & CEO of Graphiant. “I saw this in 2000 while pioneering MPLS at Cisco. I saw it when I co-founded Viptela in 2012. And now It’s time again for a new approach to the network edge.”

Respondents called out three critical uses cases:

  • Enterprise connectivity has changed in recent years, with a surge in remote workers, remote offices, and IoT.
  • Cloud connectivity is the second use case that stretches enterprise capabilities.
  • And trends such as digital transformation and the service economy are pushing enterprises to connect more often with customers and partners.

“These new use cases are tough for MPLS and SD-WAN,” says Robert Spangler, Senior Network Engineer at Ballad Health. “MPLS is too slow to deploy and change and far too expensive. And SD-WAN can’t handle that number of tunnels.”

MPLS and SD-WAN are Failing

The survey shows enterprises aren’t happy with MPLS and SD-WAN for these new use cases. Network architects gave both technologies D’s and F’s for metrics such as scalability, agility, and cost.

Enter Network Edge as-a-Service.

Graphiant’s new service provides the speed, scalability, security, and privacy of MPL but with the agility that modern as-a-Service delivers.

But, are enterprises ready for Network-as-a-Service? The answer is a resounding yes, with seven of eight network architects likely to consider NaaS going forward. One in four say they are extremely likely.

About the survey
Graphiant sponsored the 2023 State of the Network Edge survey. Eleven Research surveyed 200 network architects and network admins from large enterprises in North America. The respondents were senior, director, VP and C-level IT managers. Eleven Research chose respondents who spent at least 50% of their time designing, provisioning, and managing the network edge.

Learn more about Graphiant:

Read Launch Day by CEO, Khalid Raza
Watch Khalid’s overview
Read funding press release
Graphiant named to the 2023 Futuriom 50
Read Vendor to Watch by EMA
Read Graphiant Leadership Brief by Futuriom
Visit Graphiant’s LinkedIn

About Graphiant
Graphiant is a Silicon Valley-based provider of next-generation edge services. Led by Khalid Raza, the co-founder of SDWAN pioneer Viptela, Graphiant has developed the Graphiant Network Edge, an “as-a-Service” solution that provides connectivity between the enterprise WAN, hybrid cloud, network edge, customers and partners. Graphiant’s Network Edge combines MPLS-like performance (guaranteed delivery and privacy) and Internet-class agility to enable network architects to build enterprise-grade networks at the speed of business. Learn more at

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